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Thursday, January 31, 2013

trying new recipes


if you've been following this blog for awhile really any amount of time, you know i love to eat cook.  i especially love to try new recipes.  so, during the 'new year, new you' contest that starts offically next monday (but we're all weighed in!) i want to find a few new recipes and give 'em a whirl.

in my search, there are a few blogs that i follow that will be very helpful, and pinterest will definitely be my assistant.  and because i've got 172 (and counting) pins in my 'deliciousness' board, i've decided to show you a few of the items that have made my mouth water gotten my attention.  (follow me on pinterest by clicking the link over on the right toolbar!)

actually one of the recipes i pinned, i've already made.  so i'll wait to share that one until my photos are ready!

so, without further ado...some healthy recipes i'd like try during the new year, new you challenge (and beyond!):

parmesan roasted asparagus via dashing dish

mediterranean chickpea salad via dashing dish

loaded mashed 'potato' bake via dashing dish

skinny warm artichoke dip via dashing dish

greek style swordfish via a cambridge story

coconut pumpkin soup via a cambridge story

thai chicken salad via a cambridge story

no noodles about it - the best low carb lasagna ever via dashing dish

 chinese turkey lettuce wraps via can you stay for dinner?

greek style zucchini boats via a cambridge story

roasted cauliflower and broccoli tahini salad via a farmer in the dell

pizzuchini via dashing dish

cauliflower crust pizza via a farmer in the dell

thai style stuffed peppers via a cambridge story

cheesy mini vegetable frittatas via dashing dish

spicy tortilla soup via a farmer in the dell

is your mouth watering yet?  these recipes look so yummy!

i'm looking forward to trying them all!  but...which one should i try first?!

=) andrea

 

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

like a boss!


this video was just what i needed today...





thanks jon for sharing it with me.


happy hump day!

=) andrea

Monday, January 28, 2013

new year, new you


if you've experienced a fitness journey similar to mine (or any kind of journey to better health), you know that without proper motivation, it's reeeeeally hard to stay on track.  that's one of the things that has always lead me to failure in the past.  keeping yourself motivated is hard...having willpower is hard...but i think i've finally figured out that committing to yourself first and finding the right balance that works for you is the key to successs.

but it's the commitment to yourself that must happen first.  you must put yourself and your health at the top of the priority list.  when you do that, everything else kinda falls into place with significantly less effort.

trust me, when you just say to yourself, "i'm going to do it", and you really mean it...you can do it.  today is day 134 in my fitness journey and i can't imagine quitting now.  i've already invested enough in my health that i don't want to turn back now.  the gym costs money (and i don't want a cent of that money to be wasted!), i fit in clothes i haven't worn in several years (and they're starting to feel loose!), and i feel stronger and look better (and people notice and tell me all the time!).  it takes time, it takes hard work, but it's worth it.

just trust me, don't start tomorrow...start today.  (you'll reach your goal that much sooner!)

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so, for me, i joined kdr fitness in september...and worked hard to gain strength...and actually started feeling like i was making progress and getting stronger...and then i kicked @$$ at the "holiday hold 'em" contest (by losing 7 pounds during the weeks between thanksgiving and new years' when the average american gains 11 pounds)...there was definitely no turning back.  i was committed.  i was seeing changes.  i wasn't going to quit.

in fact, in true sticking-to-my-new-year's-resolution-of-making-goals form, i've signed up for another contest:  new year, new you.  this new contest gets teams of 3 together (with at least one non-member, or even all non-members!) for 6 weeks.  the team that loses the most fat and gains the most muscle wins.  in addition to some serious bragging rights, the winning team also wins $1,500!!!!  that's $500 for each teammate!!!

i mentioned it a couple weeks back how i was working on getting a team together...and our team is now set and ready to go!  it will be myself, my bff marileigh (who is our non-member), and brenda.  all three of us are so excited for the challenge.  we've all been working hard to work out and eat right, and we figure this contest is an awesome extra motivator!  we're counting on each other, and they're counting on me...so i've gotta work hard and stay on track for the chance to win the money!!! =)

the contest officially starts next monday, february 4th, with the first weigh-ins happening this week.  (today at 4:45 for us!!!)  if you're interested or have questions about participating, just check out the flyer here or email kdr fitness here.  the entry fee is $69 per person...and there are additional membership options for the non-members that want to take advantage of kdr's facility (and knowledge!) during the six week contest (but they still count as non-members for your team).

i will be blogging about our progress, how we're feeling, what workouts we're doing, recipes we're trying, and anything else that comes up during the contest!  we're really looking forward to taking the crown!

and just to kick off this shin-dig with some good advice (and a link) that brenda emailed me this morning:  drink more water!  that's always been a tough one for me, but just try as hard as you can.  here's a link to a list of 23 tips for drinking more water.  my favorite:  "freeze peeled pieces of lemons, limes, and oranges and use them instead of ice cubes – it’s refreshing and helps get in a serving or two of fruit."

in burning fat and building muscle...

=) andrea


Friday, January 25, 2013

friday philosophy


sometimes i come across a quote that bears some kind of significance and i want to share it with you dear readers.  sometimes it's based on where i am in life or a certain event, sometimes a quote just reminds me of a friend, or sometimes it makes me think.

{image via pinterest}

the older i get, the more i try to focus on what matters most to me:  my true friends, my supportive family, and creating and enjoying the life mike and i make for ourselves.

in the past year, i've been tested.  my trust was tested.  friendships were tested.

and you know what?  because of the actions of others, i've chosen to open the door to my future, hold that door for my true friends and family, and slam that shit closed in front of those who proved they were not part of what matters most to me.

trusting friends is a funny thing.  for me, i live by the concept that if you've done nothing to prove otherwise, i'll trust you.  but if you cross me or someone i love, even one time, you've made your choice.

i don't have time for liars.  i don't have time for cowards.  and i definitely don't have time for people who don't reciprocate the trust and respect i have for them.

so, today, now that i'm done venting, i'm looking to the future.  

i'm spending my love and energy on the few people who i know that with every ounce of my being they would never cross me or the people i love.  they would never lie.  they would never act cowardly.  they would never act disrespectfully. 

instead, they support me.  and i support them.

they laugh with me.  and i laugh with them.

they cry with me.  and i cry with them.

they celebrate with me.  and i celebrate with them.

they trust me.  and i trust them.

and i know, with 100% certainty, that these people are my family.  my given family and my chosen family.  the family that will be part of my future.

i'm sure some of you have gone through similar transitions...

so, let's take a collective deep breath and move into the future knowing we're better off because of the lessons we've learned along the way...no matter how hard it hurts to learn them.

to the future!

happy friday.

=) andrea


 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

so fresh and so clean clean


do you ever try and new product and then wonder how you ever survived without it?  that happens to me with household and personal items alike...

and that's how i feel about my new shampoo and conditioner:  marrakesh.

i first bought a small bottle each of shampoo and conditioner back in november when my salon, just paradise, was holding their anniversary event.  they had a bunch of product giveaways and lots of stuff was on sale.  when the owner of the salon asked if i had tried marrakesh, she couldn't stop raving about it.  she convinced me to try the shampoo and conditioner and she handed me a complimentary bottle of 'marrakesh x', a leave-in conditioner with many benefits.

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well, let me tell you -- my hair has never been so soft and manageable...and it smells incredible.

but i have to give you a little hair history here (say that five times fast)...  i have long, wavy-ish hair that i generally have highlighted every 6-8 weeks.  it always gets greasy the day after i shampoo...and always has...and i mean greasy.  greasy like there's little to no chance i'm wearing day two hair without a hat.

and then i read this blog post from becca at the daily muse: "i (still) never wash my hair."  and i was inspired.  see, becca doesn't shampoo her hair every day.  and she's actually found that it's less oily.  

less oily?

the concept sounded strange, but not totally out there.  i've seen the chaz dean infomercial about his 'wen' hairline and how traditional shampoos (that contain sulfates) actually strip the natural oils from your scalp, thus forcing your body to work hard to restore those oils.  and when it works that hard to restore the oils, it kinda doesn't know when to stop...which is how greasy or oily hair happens.  

so, long story short, i believe chaz and becca are onto something.

so i tried becca's method, slowly.  i hadn't colored my hair in about six months (because my hairdresser went and had an adorable baby boy just days before my last appointment before her maternity leave...how dare she?  just kidding!), and my hair was generally manageable, but day two was always greasy.  so i followed becca's advice on limiting shampooing.  she shampoos only once a week, so created my own trial method to work my days up between shampoos.

day one in the shower i shampooed and conditioned normally.  day two i skipped the shampoo and just thoroughly rinsed my hair, all while scrubbing my scalp as if it was suds up in shampoo.  and then i conditioned normally.

and you know what?  my hair was actually normal.  

the real test though was going to be adding days between shampoos...especially when sweaty work outs were included in my schedule.  so i kept at it...stretching days between shampoos and only rinsing, scrubbing, and conditioning.

and it really worked great.

and then the salon had their anniversary event...so i bought and tried the marrakesh products.

they are so amazing.  seriously, i can't say enough about how much i love the products.

marrakesh is made by a company called earthly body.  it's a family owned business making natural family skin and hair care products since 1994.  focusing on natural options for moisturizing and rejuvenating skin and hair, earthly body uses hemp seed oil and argan oil to naturally replenish the oils our bodies are lacking, whether from sun exposure, poor nutrition or neglect.  as stated on their website:  "the focus of marrakesh hair care is to provide consumers with natural, health-conscious, and eco-friendly alternatives for the needs and demands of all hair types."   

and, unlike the majority of shampoos on the market, marrakesh is sulfate-free, so you actually can use it daily.  their website boasts it "leaves hair clean, incredibly hydrated, and healthier than ever before" and that there's "noticeable improvement in shine and strength in just one wash".  

and i found those things to be absolutely true.

my hair has never been so soft.  it's never been so manageable.  it's never made me so happy!

in fact, i successfully hinted to both my mom and mike how much i love this stuff, and they each got me big bottles of the marrakesh shampoo and conditioner for christmas!  hopefully i can make it last til next christmas! =)

so, i wanted to share this information with you because i love my marrakesh shampoo and conditioner.  and i love to share information about products i love and have had success with, just like i love hearing from other people about their personal recommendations.

for more information, visit the marrakesh website here.

in shiny hair and outkast lyrics...

=) andrea


p.s.  i wasn't paid or perked to write this post.  these opinions are my own and i just like sharing my pleasant experiences with you dear readers.


Friday, January 18, 2013

friday philosophy


sometimes i come across a quote that bears some kind of significance and i want to share it with you dear readers.  sometimes it's based on where i am in life or a certain event, sometimes a quote just reminds me of a friend, or sometimes it makes me think.

{image via}

sometimes you just need to laugh...and since showed me this youtube video last night, i cannot stop laughing.

so, happy friday!  enjoy!




=) andrea

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

a pinspired recipe


pinterest is such a fun addiction hobby.  you can find great project ideas, inspiration for room design, delicious recipes, and more.

but, my favorite is the recipes.  i mean, a girl's gotta eat, right?!

i've shared a few pinspired recipes here, like last week's baked shrimp and parmesan tomatoes...



and the pinspired pumpkin dip from the pinterest party my girlfriends had...



and the extra yummy nutella banana bread...



and my favorite sweet and salty bite size treat:  chocolate pretzel bites...



and a bunch of you have found this blog from finding my recipe for cheesy ranch burger bites on pinterest!



well, let me tell you, this recipe i'm about to share is a definite winner in my book.  it's healthy, it's filling, and it's absolutely delicious!  and, i made this whole batch of soup for under $20.  (the recipe says it serves 4, but it's more like 6 servings...so at around $3 per serving, that's a huge value.)

if you follow me on instagram, you saw this photo monday night when i made the soup:

follow me on instagram!  i'm @mykindaperfect
 

brazilian shrimp soup adapted from food & wine

here's what you need:

1 green bell pepper, chopped  ($0.60)
1 onion, chopped  ($0.32)
3 garlic cloves, minced (had on hand...but maybe $0.10?)
1 15 oz. can of crushed tomatoes in heavy puree ($0.85)
1 cup quinoa  (the recipe called for long-grain rice, but i used quinoa and it was perfect...~$2.00)
5 cups water ($0)
1 can unsweetened coconut milk ($2.39...the store was out of the cheaper brand that was $1.99)
1 pound shrimp, peeled & sliced in half horizontally ($8.99)
red pepper flakes (had on hand)
salt (had on hand)
pepper (had on hand)
2 T. cooking oil (had on hand...used extra virgin olive oil)
cilantro, 1/2 c. chopped ($0.79...or you could use parsley instead, but i love cilantro!)
1 T. lemon juice (i bought a lemon for $0.44)



here's what you do:

1.  chop your bell pepper and onion and mince the garlic.  i have a garlic press, so i just used that instead of mincing it by hand.  (but the whole cloves are shown in this pic...)



2.  in a large pot, heat the cooking oil over medium heat.  once it's hot, add the pepper, onion, and garlic.  cook, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes, or until the veggies just start to get soft.


3.  peel your shrimp.  i buy frozen e-z peel shrimp and just let it thaw out in a bowl of water.  then, like i showed you in my shrimp recipe last week, this is how you peel shrimp.


for this recipe you want to remove the tails too, so just pinch 'em off.

4.  once your peppers and onions are getting soft, add the can of crushed tomatoes (and the puree), your quinoa (uncooked), and 5 cups of water to the pot.  add about 1 t. of red pepper flakes and 1 t. of salt.  stir together and bring to a boil.  then let it simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until quinoa is almost cooked.


5.  while that's cooking, slice your shrimp in half the long way and chop up your cilantro.

6.  stir in the can of unsweetened coconut milk and bring back to a simmer.

7.  add the shrimp to the soup, stirring occasionally, until shrimp is cooked, about 3-4 minutes.  stir in black pepper, lemon juice, and cilantro (or parsley).




enjoy!



this is one of my proudest pinspired culinary creations!  it is so delicious.  it is full of healthy stuff:  veggies!  protein!  and most importantly, yumminess!  and now i have enough to have for lunches for the rest of the week!

this soup is honestly so good, it's hard to believe that it's not only healthy, but totally compliant with my nutrition guidelines from kdr fitness.  this definitely makes me want to think more creatively in the kitchen!

in pinspirations and culinary creations...

=) andrea
 

Monday, January 14, 2013

planny mcplannerson


confession:  i'm a total nerd for my planner.

you may already know that, based on how much i've bragged about my erin condren life planner in the past...or how much i looked forward to getting this new one...

well, let me tell you, 2013 has not disappointed.

my best friend and i decided to order ours together.  and then she told me to just pick out a cover for her because she loved having the surprise like when i bought hers last year.

so, the day that the package arrived and mike texted me when he got home to let me know, i pretty much squealed with delight and couldn't wait to open the package.  it had my planner, my bff's planner, and a package of colorful erin condren pens that i couldn't resist so i bought 'em for myself.

when i got home i immediately opened the package:





i couldn't be more happy!  and neither could my bff!

the cover i chose was called 'mod moroccan'.  since my bff told me to surprise her, i decided to, like last year, get the same cover for myself and marileigh and just have the colors be different.  you can check out the life planners here where there are so many style options for covers, including having a photograph on the front or back.  there's a color guide here that shows you the different colors you can use to customize your planner's cover.  last year i chose the 'zig zag' pattern for both me and my bff, mine was 'dark orange' and hers was 'purple'.

this year, for mine i chose 'teal' and 'green'.  for marileigh's i chose 'navy' and 'hot pink'.

the first night i instagrammed this photo as i snapped in the new page-holder into my 2013 planner in the first week of the new year:  (follow me, i'm @mykindaperfect






i absolutely love this planner and couldn't imagine being as organized as i am without it.

and it's totally 2013 resolution friendly...plenty of spots for me to write down some goals!  (yeah, i should get on that.  it's january 14th and i haven't written down a goal yet.  oops.)





i really love the quotes throughout the planner too...and that everything is so colorful!




and having the colorful pen set makes staying organized that much more fun...i use certain colors for certain things, like the blog, work, my church job, stuff with mike, etc.  it makes it so much prettier to look at!




i absolutely love my erin condren life planner and i highly recommend it.

go right on over to the website here.

happy organizing!  or goal setting!  whatever it is...happy new year!  best wishes for an awesome 2013!

=) andrea


p.s.  oh, speaking of goals.  i have actually made one, i just need to write it down.  (this is kinda like writing it down, but i digress...)  i'd like to try to complete a 5k this year.  i've said i'd like to do the 'c25k' program before, but this time i'd really like to give it a try.  i'm working hard at the gym and i know by the time spring comes i'll be very ready to be outside.  and i think training to run a 5k is a great way to set a goal and actually follow through.  this particular program starts slow with increments of jogging with walking.  it builds you up slowly so you feel comfortable with the whole running thing.  i'm not a runner and never have been, but i think after losing some more weight this winter it will be that much easier than the last time i tried.  goal #1.

p.p.s.  i wasn't paid or perked to write this post.  i just happen to be a big fan of erin condren's products and like to share my feelings on things i love and products you might love too.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

sunday yumday!


it's been a few weeks since i've shared any new sunday yumday recipes...and today seems like a great time to share a perfect football season appetizer...that can be made two ways!

we're geared up and ready to cheer on the patriots today and this is the perfect snack companion!

while football season is winding down and the superbowl is only a few weeks away, i figured you dear readers may be looking for something to bring to a football party (or any party, or gathering, or date night, or whatever).  and this recipe is a terrific one - you can make it as a dip or you can make it as a filling to go in wonton wrapper cups or phyllo cups!  and it's a pretty easy recipe to be able to make your own.

chicken cordon bleu -- dip or filling

i made dip this time, but you could follow the directions here to make a filling to put into wonton wrapper cups (like i made here, here, and here, found in the produce section next to the tofu) or phyllo cups (found in the freezer section).

here's what you need:

cooked chicken - about 2 breasts worth (i used a rotisserie chicken to save time!)
ham, diced (i bought a package of previously cut up ham, but you could use leftover ham, ham steak or deli ham)
swiss cheese - 1 block, shredded
1/2 to 1 c. mayonnaise

you could even use this as an opportunity to add veggies...this would really be great with diced peppers and onions or even spinach.  so, think creatively about what your family or friends like and use what you've got!

here's what you do:

1.  preheat your oven to 350.  (here's a hint about temperature that i've learned from experience:  if you're bringing this dip to a party uncooked and they have the oven set higher or lower for another dish, don't worry about it -- you just want to make sure it gets hot and the cheese melts, so just adjust the time based on the temperature you need to use.)

2.  shred/dice up your chicken.  i ended up using my kitchen shears to just cut up strips of chicken i tore off of my rotisserie chicken.  place it in a large bowl.

3.  add the ham to the bowl.  if you weren't lazy like i was and you purchased un-diced ham, just dice it up before adding.

4.  add about 1/2 c. mayonnaise to the bowl.

5.  shred your cheese and add to the bowl.


6.  mix the chicken, ham, mayo, and cheese together.  if it seems to be too dry, just add more mayonnaise.  you don't want to add too much or the dip will become greasy, so add it until the mixture just starts to come together.


7.  place in a baking dish.  


8.  bake for about 25 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and all ooey gooey.


9.  enjoy!  serve with crackers, sliced baguette, or bell pepper chunks.

if you'd prefer to make this as a filling, then you'll stop after step 6 and use a scoop to get your mixture in the 'cups', whether you choose wonton wrapper cups or premade phyllo cups.  then you'll just follow the same time frame to make sure the filling gets nice and melty and delicious!

mike and i actually thought this would also make a great casserole by incorporating noodles, using cooked macaroni, shells, rotini, or whatever your favorite pasta is.  you could also include veggies like peas, peppers, or whatever you like.  then you could make a nice cheese sauce by first making a white sauce (also called bechamel sauce) and add the shredded cheese to make a thick swiss cheese sauce.  put the chicken, ham, and cooked pasta (and anything else you'd like to include) in a casserole dish, mix in the cheese sauce, and bake for 20 minutes.  you could even top with bread crumbs or ritz cracker crumbs!

this has really turned into a multi-purpose recipe!

i love this as a dip, especially with chunks of bell pepper.  i love the raw crunch of the pepper with the warm, ooey gooey cheesy, chickeny mixture...total yumminess.

don't forget - i'd love to try out your recipes and feature them here!  just email me here!

in football watching and yummy snacks...

=) andrea
 

Friday, January 11, 2013

friday philosophy


sometimes i come across a quote that bears some kind of significance and i want to share it with you dear readers. sometimes it's based on where i am in life or a certain event, sometimes a quote just reminds me of a friend, or sometimes it makes me think.

{image via}

this time of year always makes me have dueling feelings.  part of me is so hopeful for what's to come, and part of me mourns what could have been.  as a person who has tried to jump on a fitness bandwagon to lose weight, you can see where my dueling feelings come from.

but, this year, i don't need to revisit my goal of losing weight and getting healthier because i already jumped on that.  in september of 2012, i joined a gym and changed my life.

there were only a couple things that were different this time that made it 'stick'.

1.  i was committed...to myself.

it's hard to start a journey of weight loss when you've got a bunch to lose.  trust me, i've tried several times.  the most successful weight loss i've had was back in 2007.  my best friend was getting married and we both wanted to look terrific for her big day.  i lost 30 pounds and felt terrific.  but, i slowly, over the next five years, put all that weight back on.

sure, i tried to get back on the wagon...i tried to make good choices.  i had great intentions of working out.  but it didn't happen.

if you're in the boat of needing or wanting to lose weight...gain strength...get healthier... the best advice i can give you is this:

commit to yourself and just do it.

but, i also need to be honest:

it won't be easy.  and it won't be quick.  but when you start to see real results (like you actually need to buy new clothes because everything you've been wearing is truly getting too big), you'll be that much more committed.  but it takes the first step.

i know there are a lot of you out there that have committed to yourself in this new year.  and we're coming up on the time when people start to burn out.  in the next few weeks there are more of you that will quit than commit...and if i can do anything, it's to convince you to stick with it.

every day that you chose to eat a healthy meal over a shitty one, you win.

every day that you chose exercise over being lazy on the couch, you win.

every day that you feel better, healthier, stronger...you win.

if you just give yourself a little chance, you can achieve great things.  you can achieve your goals.  you can lose the weight.  you can feel better about yourself.

trust me, it's finally happening for me.  (and it was quite frustrating when the weight didn't come off as quick as i wanted at first.  but i stuck with it.)

my co-workers are noticing and complimenting me on my hard work.  customers at the dealership (i work at) have noticed and are proud to support me.  my friends and family see the changes i've made and how it's impacted my life and my body.

trust me, if you commit to yourself, you will change for the better.

just give yourself one day at a time.

and never forget:  every step in the right direction is a step in the right direction.  don't ever beat yourself up for falling behind or making a mistake or not having enough willpower.  just forget it and move forward.  

just keep moving forward.

the other thing that made this time different than the rest in the past five years...

2.  i paid for a gym membership.

to some people, this is a luxury.  (and i completely understand if going to a gym is truly out of your budget.  but you should also try to make it fit.)

to me, it was my health.  and for some of you, it's your health too.  just consider it...

i pay for health insurance.  why shouldn't i invest more in my health?

the answer is:  you should.

there are a couple reasons why:  1.  if you need to work out to get healthier, you need to go to a gym.  sure, you can work out to videos at home, but going to a facility where it's their job to make you fit, you're way more likely to actually make it happen.  2.  if you need to get healthy, you need to hold yourself accountable.  if you're "working out to videos at home", you're probably not working hard enough and you probably don't have enough support.  (just being brutally honest here...from my own experience.)

one of the things that i'm most thankful for in 2012 and 2013 is my kdr fitness family.  there is nothing in the world like a high five at the end of a 45 minute workout when you've just finished grunting and you're covered in sweat and there's someone that noticed how hard you worked and says, "great job" with their hand in the air.

seriously, it's genuinely satisfying.  and you'll find yourself doing the same for others.  because as afraid as i was to go to my first bootcamp, to be the fattest, weakest person in the class, the people i work out with aren't there to judge.  they've been judged and just want to work out and keep moving forward. 

we sweat.  we grunt.  we get ugly.  we laugh.  we question our form.  we get through it.

together.

as much as we're all on our own journey, we're there together.  as a team to make sure no one's left behind.  no one wants to feel like their the fattest or the weakest, and no one thinks anyone else is.  we just work hard, burn calories, sweat our asses off, and then we're done.

another day, another work out -- done.

every day i work out i get an immense feeling of satisfaction.  (and the fact that i haven't worked out since before christmas because i've been so sick -- sucks.)

do i actually like working out?  not really.  but it's satisfying.  i feel myself getting stronger.  i feel myself being more able.  i feel myself growing in ways i never thought i could.

and when i committed to myself, it all fell into place.

you should always be your #1 priority, because if you're not, everything and everyone else in your life will suffer because of it.  when you become healthier, you'll be happier.

if you just commit to yourself now...imagine what you can accomplish by this time next year.

i can't wait to see where i am in september, at my one year mark.  i've made progress and have more progress to make...but i'm working at it, one day at a time.  one inch at a time.  one pound at a time.

and you can do it too.

if you have any questions about my fitness journey or want to learn more about what i'm doing or how i work out at kdr fitness, just email me.  we're all in our own journey - why not feel like we're in it together?

=) andrea


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